My name is Kalen and my story is simple.My wife and I had $24,000 of debt and we wanted out, so I became a student of finances. We are now debt-free and building wealth. I want to share what I’ve learned with you.
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I write informative, entertaining, research-backed articles to help you master your finances and maximize your productivity. I keep it short, sweet and simple.
A Little More About Me
I’m on active duty in the United States Air Force. I’m happily married to my wonderful wife of 10 years. We have 4 amazing children. I am passionate about helping people and serving others through this blog. I’m currently pursing my Bachelor’s in Economics, just for the fun of it. If you’re interested in learning how I make money though this blog, check out this guide that explains everything. Also be sure to read how I don’t make money with this blog, because I think that’s equally important.
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The 20 Foundational Principles of MoneyMiniBlog
How’s your giving? It’s in giving that you receive, but you should give to give, not to receive.
Emergencies will always happen. Even more so when you aren’t prepared. An emergency fund (not a credit card) is foundational for surviving hard times.
Always be striving to earn and achieve more, but for now, you must spend less than you make so you have money for what really matters. Delay your gratification and keep your discipline. Wait until you can actually afford what you’re buying.
Set goals in every area of your life. Without goals, you have nothing to achieve. You should always know where you’re going in life.
One size doesn’t fit all. If you find a way to budget, invest or save, and it works for you, do it. Apply advice to your life. Don’t mold your life to advice.
There are things that you can’t change the price of, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. The worst thing that can happen is that they say “no”. It’s as simple as always asking for a lower price. It can only help and it never hurts.
Know your level of discipline/responsibility and live your life accordingly. If you aren’t responsible with credit cards, don’t use them. If you are undisciplined, automate your budget and your investing.
If credit cards aren’t for you (see principle #7), then you can ignore this principle. But if you are able to use credit cards responsibly, search for the most rewarding programs and earn when you spend through cashback or other rewards.
Money is about your mindset. Your mentality is more important than your ability, but your ability will grow with your mentality. Money doesn’t solve money problems, mindset does.
Most people are average. That’s why it’s called average. On average, most people aren’t successful. You are better than average. Hold yourself to a higher standard. Did I say average enough?
Nothing happens unless you take action. Reading and learning is necessary, but if it doesn’t lead to action, it’s meaningless.
The skills you get are more important than the pay you receive. Focus on working in ways that will get you closer to your ultimate goal.
Everything you experience teaches a lesson. Learn from your successes and mistakes, as well as other people’s successes and mistakes.
Don’t focus your life around money. Money is just a tool to freely enjoy the things that really matter in life. Respect it, but don’t worship it.
Don’t wait for your debt to be paid off. Don’t wait for your dream job. You can be happy through the whole process. Stop saying “if I could just [fill in the blank] I would be happy”. You can be happy. Right now.
In every area of your life, make small progress, consistently, for a long time. This is a proven way to achieve any goal you have. Small investments, made monthly, equates to huge wealth down the road.
This is the most basic law of investing. Your investments and savings should be paid before your bills. You will always find a way to pay your bills. You will never find a way to invest or save, unless you do it first.
Don’t try to get rich quick. Investing involves diligence and patience. Anything else is simply trading, speculating or gambling.
Even the great investor, Warren Buffett, doesn’t invest in companies he doesn’t understand. From stocks and mutual funds to ideas and start-up companies, know what you’re investing in.
When you buy an investment, you should know why you bought it. If you can’t explain why you bought it to a child, you don’t really know why you bought it.
Some of My Favorite Books
Updated Reading list (Most Recent Books):
- 23 Anti-Procrastination Habits: How to Stop Being Lazy and Get Results in Your Life
- Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
- The ABCs of Success: The Essential Principles from America's Greatest Prosperity Teacher
- Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima
- Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
- On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
- The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
- The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
- Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers
- The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
- Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done
- Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life
- Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style
- The Writer's Manifesto
- A Short Guide to a Happy Life
- 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
- The Magic of Thinking Big
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living